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2012 NFL Combine: Workout Recap - Running Backs

  • Oregon running back LaMichael James (5-8, 194) came through with a 40-yard dash time that confirms his big-play speed. James blazed an unofficial time of 4.37 that tied with Florida's Chris Rainey as the best unofficial time for any halfback. The official time given to James was 4.45, but the the unofficial time looked more accurate. He couldn't afford to have a disappointing 40 time, and James met the challenge to jet a time that reinforces his game as a speed threat. To complete his day, James performed well as a pass receiver in the field drills. He ran routes well and caught the ball well in his hands. James did his part to confirm his second-day grade.

  • Virginia Tech's David Wilson is competing to be the second-rated running back. He helped himself with an unofficial 4.40 sprint in the 40-yard dash. The official time was 4.49. Wilson performed well in the pass receiving drills as he was a quality route-runner with good hands. He jumped out of the gym with a broad jump of 11 and a vertical jump of 41 inches. Both of those marks were the best of any running back. Wilson had an completely impressive Combine to help his stock.

  • One of the most explosive big-play backs in the 2012 NFL Draft class is Miami's Lamar Miller. He burned the track with an unofficial 40 time at 4.38 seconds (4.40 official). Miller (5-11, 212) has good size to go along with that special speed. His 40 time should hold him steady as a first- or second-round pick.

  • Boise State running back Doug Martin continued his strong Combine with unofficial 40-yard dash times of 4.57 and 4.47 seconds. Unlike many prospects, Martin ran faster on his second attempt at the 40. Martin (5-9, 223) also tied for the lead in the bench press with 28 reps. He continued his effective Combine with a strong showing in the receiving drills. Martin is currently said to be making some headway up draft boards and is approaching consideration at the top of the second day.

  • At a heavy weight, Baylor's Terrance Ganaway (6-0, 239) produced a decent 40-yard dash at an unofficial time of 4.63 seconds. Ganaway did not look like a natural receiver during the receiving drills. He is going to need work on that aspect of his game, but he is more of a rotational power back and not a three-down back. Ganaway needs to improve his training in the NFL, but he looks like a mid-round pick.

  • Cincinnati running back Isaiah Pead ran the 40-yard dash at 4.41 seconds, unofficially. Pead (5-9, 197) performed well in the receiving drills and thrived in that role with the Bearcats. Pead looks like a natural third-down back who can contribute in blitz protection. He confirmed - if not improved - his stock as a mid-rounder.

  • Washington running back Chris Polk had a quality unofficial time of 4.46 seconds in the 40-yard dash. Polk dropped weight in an effort to get quicker, and the lost pounds appear to have paid off for him, as he ran pretty well. He also looked above average as a pass receiver. Polk had a rough Senior Bowl, and his Combine could aide his cause to be selected on the second day.

  • USC running back Marc Tyler had a strong week at the East-West Shrine, but he had the worst unofficial 40 time of any halfback at 4.78. Tyler (5-11, 219) is a bigger back but needed to run better than that. His 40 time could push him down further in the third day of the 2012 NFL Draft.

  • Florida running back Chris Rainey (5-8, 180) tied for the fastest time in the 40-yard dash at an unofficial 4.37 seconds. When the official times came out Rainey was dropped to 4.45. Considering how Rainey ran, the unofficial time looks way more accurate. In the receiving drills, Rainey was phenomenal with the exception of one dropped pass. He is a natural route runner and catches the ball well in his hands. He will be a real mismatch as a receiver in the NFL going against linebackers and safeties. Rainey's combine performance should have helped him, assuming the oft-injured former Gator checked out okay in the physical and team interviews.

  • Utah State running back Robert Turbin (5-10, 220) had a very impressive 40 time at 4.44 seconds unofficially. For a big muscular back, Turbin ran extremely well. The official time was a 4.5 flat, so no matter which way you cut it, Turbin ran quickly. He could be a fast and physical back.

  • San Diego State running back Ronnie Hillman (5-9, 200) had an unofficial 40 time at 4.41. Like Rainey and James, it was lowered to 4.45 in the official number. Hillman performed well in the receiving drills and helped himself on Sunday.

  • A sleeper running back who had a bit of a disappointing senior season was Texas A&M's Cyrus Gray. Gray (5-10, 206) had a quality combine. He ran the 40 at 4.41 seconds unofficially and performed well in the receiving drills. He also looked quick in his cutting on the interior obstacle drill. Gray needed to differentiate himself from the pack, and he made strides on Sunday.

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    NFL Bound 03-08-2013 01:38 pm (total posts: 2)
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    I'm a freshman at McKinley Senior High School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. I bench press 295 lbs, squat 415, power clean 235, and i run a 4.68/40. Am i above average for a freshman or could i do better.?
    NFL Bound 03-08-2013 01:34 pm (total posts: 2)
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    Trent Richardson is the best of all hands down and i could care less about what anyone else has to say about this.
    Quincy_the_Sheep 02-26-2012 11:36 pm (total posts: 1)
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    @ Mothman
    When Emmitt ran his 4.6, the league was quite a bit smaller and slower than it is today. You are right in the fact that game speed and speed are two different things, but Emmitt's 4.6 was relatively fast at the time.
    And @ Walt and Johnny, if AP fell to the second round, don't you think there would be some sort of crazy red flag? Regardless, RB's should take a hit on most teams' big boards. For example, let's look at the Giants. Although this site has Richardson at #6 on the Big Board, Reese probably has Richardson considerably lower because of the lack of positional value. HOWEVER, if Richardson magically falls to 32, he would probably be the best prospect available, and Reese would probably pull the trigger. Now if you NEED an RB, there is no reason to intend to draft one in the fist two and a half rounds, but when AP falls to 7 when he was one of the best three prospects in the entire draft...
    raw 02-26-2012 10:36 pm (total posts: 1)
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    Turbin reminds me of a young Michael Turner, before he got slow and chubby in Atlanta.

    Cyrus Gray impressed me more than any RB today. I knew James, Wilson, Miller and Rainey were track-star fast. I knew Doug Martin was a beast in every facet of life. I've always been a big fan of Gray, but he got outperformed by Christine Michael this year at aTm. Looks like a good 1/2 of a tandem for some team in the mid rounds.
    Nate 02-26-2012 10:29 pm (total posts: 1)
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    I would love for Jets to draft the next Maurice jones-drew Doug Martin
    Mothman 02-26-2012 09:09 pm (total posts: 1)
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    Emmitt Smith ran a 4.6 in the 40.

    There's a massive difference between game speed and 40 speed.
    Cal 02-26-2012 07:40 pm (total posts: 1)
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    I think this whole official time thing is a load of bs. There is no way lamichael James ran a 4.5
    Jack 02-26-2012 04:07 pm (total posts: 1)
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    @Vince, in no way is LeSean McCoy the best RB in the NFL.
    Texasborn 02-26-2012 03:47 pm (total posts: 1)
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    Doug Martin is lk 6 inches shorter??
    DH 02-26-2012 01:58 pm (total posts: 1)
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    I really think Doug Martin could be the next Matt Forte.
    Walter 02-26-2012 11:09 am (total posts: 1)
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    Don't get that, Johnny. Would you pass on Adrian Peterson in the 2nd round by that thinking?
    Johnny 02-25-2012 06:04 am (total posts: 1)
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    There's no way I'd ever draft a RB earlier then 3rd round, it's a position of total non-value, they're so injury prone and so easy to find that it makes no sense to draft them early.
    Jesse 02-24-2012 07:46 pm (total posts: 1)
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    Most NFL fullbacks are significantly lighter than 251 pounds? Definitely shorter than 6'5", but 240-250 pounds is just about right for a fullback (and maybe even a little light for one who's so tall).
    Vince 02-24-2012 06:51 pm (total posts: 1)
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    First of all, Hillman put on ten pounds after the season (after putting on fifteen after his freshman year) so he's quite clearly capable of adding bulk. Second of all, he's incredible fast and nimble, and played some receiver in high school, so his times and drills should all look great. Third of all, even with a poor combine, he'd fall no lower than the fifth round. FOURTH of all, LeSean McCoy at the combine was 198 pounds, then ran a 4.50 at his PRO DAY. Now he's the best running back in the NFL. Hillman will be fine.

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